CELEBRATION: Fabian Picardo shared his excitement for the idea of no Brexit during a college visit

GIBRALTAR’S Chief Minister Fabian Picardo has said he will ‘celebrate’ if the UK does not leave the EU.

“I would invite the mayor of La Linea and my friends from Gibraltar and La Linea to a great celebration,” he said during a visit to a college in the Spanish city.

Picardo told journalists at the event, he hoped ‘this moment of reflection, of pause, leads to no Brexit’.

ADDRESS: Picardo reiterated his anti-Brexit stance to journalists in La Linea

He spoke to the Spanish students about the need for ‘close relations’ on both side of the frontier, during the period up to the extended Brexit deadline of October 31.

The Rock leader also warned the youngsters about the ‘dark days’ of the border closure issued by Fascist dictator General Franco in 1969.

A Government statement said Picardo: “Stressed the important role young people had to play for a brighter future in the area.”

CONCERN: There has been renewed focus on the Spain-Gibraltar border from Gibraltar’s top politicians, following an interview Sir Joe Bossano gave to the Olive Press

The Chief Minister has previously been critical of a ‘hard Brexit’, as well as one that would see the UK crash out of the EU without a deal.

It comes after a week of renewed focus on the Gibraltar-Spain border, following an exclusive interview former Chief Minister Sir Joe Bossano gave to the Olive Press.

Bossano, now Minister of Economic Development, issued a stark warning that a coalition Government including far-right party Vox could spell trouble for the frontier.

In the 2016 EU referendum 96% of those who voted in Gibraltar chose to remain in the EU.

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